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Harbor Grill Restaurant

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34499 Street Of The Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629 (Dana Point Harbor Drive)
+1 949-240-1416
11:30 - 21:30
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Dana Point, California
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have eaten at Harbor Grill several times in the last ten years. We go there for two things perfectly cooked fish and Sunday brunches. This restaurant is a prime example of the way a restaurant should operate the staff is professional but very friendly, the food is excellent, (if you've never had monkfish you'll be hooked if you happen... More 

Thank 333greenman
Dana Point, California
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

This restaurant has delicious food and a very pleasant ambiance, including a nice enclosed patio for dining outdoors. Each time I have been there, the service has been excellent, the cocktails delicious (especially the lemon drop martini) and the seafood has been fresh. The menu offers a wide variety of food and the presentation is always delightful. It is suitable... More 

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San Marcos, California
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109 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time to this restaurant but a frequent guest at the shopping center. Overall the whole center needs updating - old restaurants, ticky tacky tourist shops, and dead landscaping. Even the view of the boats is disappointing. So I guess this restaurant fits in - its dark inside despite the water being about 200 feet away. Few of the tables... More 

Thank Jessica B
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76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friends and I stopped here on the way to San Diego from LA. As we walked in there was a sign that read "voted best Clam Chowder in 2017". I LOVE good clam chowder so I thought give it a try. I travel to Maine every year, so I know great chowder....and this was NOT it....I'm sorry to say. It... More 

Thank obcine
Hampshire UK
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice meal and the staff were very helpful. You can watch food being grilled behind glass (it must be a sauna in there!!). We had a good table with a view of the harbour. We were not hurried in any way. I was very happy I was able to order garlic mashed potatoes...yummy! The fish was excellent quality....best to... More 

Thank TripDivaHampshireUK
New Prague, Minnesota
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Reminded me of my parents supper club atmosphere. Had a drink at bar while waiting to be seated, wanted a window seat. Friendly staff. Prix Fixe option grilled cilantro white shrimp awesome. Reviews great for carrot cake but creme brûlée tasty too!

Thank Travelinsunnfun
Edmonton, Canada
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71 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sat outside in the enclosed patio facing the harbour. Quite a large menu so you will not be disappointed. Had the scallops which were delicious. If going on a weekend, would recommend reservations.

Thank bbaldock
Whitby, Canada
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were traveling to California for the first time from Toronto Canada. We had a wonderful supper at the harbour grill. Jennifer was a very attentive server. We both had sea bass that was amazing!! Highly recommend this restaurant

Thank Sherry T
Dana Point, California
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188 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fish is prepared to order on open mesquite grill that is visible to patrons on the left side of the restaurant as you enter. Dinners are expensive while lunches are slightly more competitively priced. The only difference is that lunches are served with fruit and dinners with vegetables. While the food is delicious, there are other places that serve similar... More 

Thank Tom M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm typically too lazy to review and fairly hard to please, but Harbor Grill brought their A-game tonight. The mango margarita was quite delicious, not artificial tasting. The gazpacho was chunky and thick. The Grilled Mexican Shrimp cilantro style was delicious. Lastly, the Homemade Carrot Cake didn't disappoint. I've Yelp'ed most of my meals for a popular space in the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
Cajun & Creole, Seafood, International, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34499 Street Of The Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
    (Dana Point Harbor Drive)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: +1 949-240-1416
You'll always enjoy the finest in seafood dining at the Harbor Grill Restaurant. We specialize in fresh, regional seafood cuisine, fine steaks and fresh oysters. To help ensure the mood is set just right, this is your opportunity to relax in the warm comfort of attentive service with your choice of eclectic wines and refreshing cocktails. For more than 33 years, John, Wanda and Keegan Hicks have been committed to providing the best, high quality seafood and steaks in Dana Point. You can watch our Chef prepare your favorite dish over our mesquite wood grill. Our innovative and unique menu allows you to enhance your meal with our selection of vibrant salsas, chutneys or spice rubs. Escape from the ordinary and feast upon our Pacific, New England and Cajun renditions of your favorite seafood and enjoy your choice of our rich sauces and flavorful broths which reflect the finest influences of Latin American, Asian and Indian cuisine. And remember, every Thursday is our special Oyster Day! Once you've enjoyed a great meal, get ready for dessert. Our Harbor Grill carrot cake is a legendary favorite with locals and guests. Equally tantalizing is our delicious, made fresh daily, Chocolate Blackout Cake, Mocha Mud Pie and the unforgettable Key Lime Pie. The Harbor Gill was an Open Table Diners Choice Winner for 2016 and is the only seafood restaurant in Dana Point that has been selected 5 consecutive times as the Best Overall Restaurant. Come, join us! Call and make your reservation today! Whether you choose the cozy dining room with live piano music in the evening, or the colorful garden patio with a view of the harbor - You'll discover we're both a favorite for the locals and a popular destination for visitors from all over the world who want to feel like members of the family on their first visit.

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